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10 Ways the Integrated Family Health Program Is a Game-Changer for Ethiopia

For the past five years, millions of women, men, and young people throughout Ethiopia have been touched by the Integrated Family Health Program, led by Pathfinder International and JSI and funded by USAID.

11 Global Health Reads to Pick Up This Week (As Recommended by Pathfinder Staff)

It’s officially spring and World Health Day is on its way (April 7th)! I don’t know about you, but I often enjoy the weather with book in hand. Here are eleven great global health reads as recommended by Pathfinder staff.

For Pathfinder Supporters, Seeing Is Believing

For six of Pathfinder International’s supporters, seeing is truly believing. In January, they joined members of the Pathfinder team on the 2014 Friends of Pathfinder trip.

Country: India
Focus Area: Advocacy

This Stops Now: How a Girl’s Outrage Inspired Her Life’s Work

“There was a scandal,” says Reem Mehanna, remembering the International Conference on Population and Development in her native Egypt. “It revolved around the release of a documentary about female genital mutilation.”

Country: Egypt
Focus Area: Advocacy

A Road Taken: Why We Do the Work We Do

The Road Taken, Ethiopia

From time to time, I’m asked the question, “Why do you do the work that you do?” In turn, I ask “Why wouldn’t I want to do the work I do?”

No More Controversy: Same Sex Rights Are Human Rights

MSM Community Members

At the end of a year that has witnessed some real victories around the world for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights, we at Pathfinder were shocked to hear the news from Uganda today.

Country: India, Uganda
Focus Area: Advocacy

Voices from Mozambique: Discussing Ongoing Efforts to Advocate for Safe and Legal Abortion for Women Everywhere

Mozambique Safe Abortion

In honor of the Global Day of Action for Safe and Legal Abortion, Pathfinder spoke with colleagues in Mozambique about the environment for safe abortion and how Mozambique will celebrate this momentous day.

Country: Mozambique
Focus Area: Abortion, Advocacy

Let's Talk About Sex: Celebrating Honest and Open Conversation on World Contraception Day

Youth should be a time for learning, discovery, and growth. Unfortunately, in many parts of the world, youth can also be a time in which young people are denied access to the information they may need most—information about their bodies.

Open Letter from a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer: Congressional Ban on Abortion Care Coverage Unacceptable

In the early 1970s, I spent two unforgettable years in Punjab, India. It left me with lasting friendships and played a major role in how I see the world, myself, and what I have done with my life since. The Peace Corps instilled in me a desire to see women everywhere empowered to take charge of their lives.

Focus Area: Abortion, Advocacy

Why We Went All the Way to the Supreme Court

On the morning of November 29, 2005, Pathfinder International’s board of directors had to make a monumental decision of whether or not to sue the organization’s largest funder—the US Government.

Focus Area: Advocacy

Delivering for Women and Girls, Imperfectly, Impatiently, Optimistically

“The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men." This morning, I awoke in Kuala Lumpur for the first day of Women Deliver and found this quote along with an email: “May have seen this already, but this seemed kind of appropriate for Women Deliver. - Dad”

Can't Join Us for Women Deliver? Follow the Action in Kuala Lumpur Online

Can't join us for Women Deliver? You can still take part in the conference by watching live streams directly from the conference here. Join the conversation by letting us know what you think on Twitter and Facebook.

Women Who Dare: Christy Turlington Burns Takes On Maternal Mortality

Christy Turlington

Christy Turlington Burns is the founder of Every Mother Counts, a campaign dedicating to ending the hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths linked to pregnancy and childbirth that happen every year around the world. Prior to her work with Every Mother Counts, Christy directed and produced "No Woman, No Cry", a documentary about the state of maternal health for mothers worldwide. As a part of "No Woman, No Cry", Christy dared to share her personal experience with postpartum hemorrhage, a condition that claims the lives of nearly 350,000 mothers every year.

Three Must-Reads for Daring Women (in honor of Women's History Month & International Women's Day)

I can’t remember the last time I was this excited to read so many books—and I’m a pretty voracious reader. Just in time for Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, here are three books about the state of the world’s women—two from international leaders and one from a US business executive. All showcase the importance of fighting for change.

Women Are Daring, Will You Join Them?

Purnima Mane

It's no newsflash: women are daring to change the world. Nearly every day there are headlines, from Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan to Hillary Clinton in the US, detailing accomplishments from courageous women of all ages and backgrounds.

Women Who Dare: Pinki Kumari Overcomes Personal Challenges, Advocates for Youth

Pinki Kumari

Pinki Kumari’s life has not been without its challenges. Staying in school meant overcoming financial and societal barriers. She lost her husband at a young age and struggled to support herself because of cultural and religious restrictions that limit her mobility as a woman in India. Against all odds, Pinki not only dared to find her own voice, but found her passion in helping others find theirs.

Women Who Dare: Nafis Sadik, Champion of Choice for Women Around the World

Nafis Sadik

Nafis Sadik has been called one of the most powerful women in the world. One of the greatest women’s advocates of the twentieth century, Nafis is an obstetrician, author, mother, and global thought leader who, for decades, has emphasized the importance of sexual and reproductive health and rights as a means to women’s empowerment.

Women Who Dare: Susan Akajo Oregede Challenges Gender Norms in Uganda

Susan Oregede

Susan Akajo Oregede has dedicated the past several years of her life to changing gender norms in Uganda, daring to challenge resistance, tradition, and even her community’s leaders to address issues like women’s equality, gender-based violence, and adolescent sexuality.

Pathfinder's Young Advocates Show Collective Action Can Create Real Impact

For Jessie Jenkins, a trip to Ethiopia meant a fresh perspective on reproductive health. As an activist for reproductive rights, she always understood the importance of this compelling cause, but seeing women being empowered firsthand stuck with her.


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